Alpaca to Apparel store opens in Geneva

Kane County Chronicle    
By: Brenda Schory
Photo: Courtesy of Kane County Chronicle

Photo Caption: A recently shorn alpaca on the Wisconson farm where alpaca wool becomes the clothing sold at a new store, Alpaca to Apparel, a new store at 426 S. Third St., Geneva. The store also features honey and honey products from the bees also raised at the farm.
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GENEVA – A new store, Alpaca to Apparel, at 426 S. Third St., Geneva, will not only feature clothing woven from alpacas, but honey products and mead – which is a drink made from fermented honey.

Owner Benjamin Kornowski said the family raises alpacas on their farm in Luxemburg, Wis., as well as honey and honey products from the bees it also raises.

The store recently received City Council approval for a liquor license to sell mead.

“Mead is the oldest form of alcohol in the world,” Kornowski said. “They found it in the ancient pyramids.”

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Meet The Sponsors Of The 2018 Natural Fiber Extravaganza

Textile World     
By: Textile World
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture
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Nashville, TN — June 18, 2018 — Karl and Jan Heinrich are known across the country for their herd of beautiful, award winning suri alpacas and for being leaders in alpaca fleece processing. Their reputation for producing beautiful, unique items from alpaca fleece is such that they were approached by the Country Music Awards and asked to provide designer scarves to be included in a package of locally sourced gifts given to each CMA presenter at the 2018 ceremony.

The Heinrichs first learned about alpacas in August of 2002 when they saw a commercial featuring the livestock. In October, they attended the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair to see alpacas first-hand and to learn more from individuals already in the business. In November, they purchased 4 female suri alpacas from 3 different farms. And Long Hollow Suri Alpacas was started.

Many aspects about the alpaca industry appealed to the Heinrichs. Alpacas are environmentally friendly and cruelty free. They wanted to raise livestock on their 5 acres but were looking for an alternative to traditional farming, which usually entails a one-way road trip for animals.

“Initially, I mainly thought they would be great help in keeping the front yard trimmed,” said Jan. “Soon, however, our passion for their fleece became our focus.”

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A Stress-Free Summer Weekend in the Catskills

The Wall Street Journal      
By: Elizabeth Dunn
Photo: By Paola and Murray for The Wall Street Journal

Photo Caption: Alpacas at Buck Brook Farm in Roscoe.
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IF YOU’VE HEARD of Sullivan County, it’s probably for its “Borscht Belt” days: the post-World War II decades immortalized in the film “Dirty Dancing,” when sprawling, country club-style resorts carpeted the lonely western foothills of New York’s Catskill mountain range. In the 1960s, the region was said to have more hotel rooms than any other county in America, but by the time Baby and Johnny mamboed into theaters in 1987, the resorts had all gone—doomed, in large part, by air travel’s growing viability as an affordable middle-class luxury. With them went the region’s cachet as a vacation spot.

Recently, however, after a long hibernation, the western Catskills has come alive again as a weekend retreat for New Yorkers with a yen for the great outdoors.

Head 30 minutes out of town along roads that switch from pavement to red clay to reach Catskill Pheasantry & Clays, a no-frills bird hunting club. In the winter, during hunting season, it organizes pheasant and partridge hunts; in summer, you can shoot sporting clays at its large compound in the foothills. If you’re traveling with kids, a family-friendly alternative is to visit Buck Brook Alpacas, a family-owned farm where a herd of long-lashed alpacas are bred for the show ring, as well as their silky fleece.

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Live birth, shearing highlight alpaca festival

The Bulletin      
By: Kyle Spurr
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture
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TERREBONNE — Visitors had a front-row seat to the daily operations of an alpaca ranch Saturday, from the shearing of the animals to a live birth.

Crescent Moon Ranch, open to the public seven days each week, welcomed the crowd to its annual Shearing Festival, a fundraiser for the St. Thomas Church youth programs.

The festival is a celebration of the harvest season at the ranch when the 150 alpacas are sheared for their fleece.

Farmers have been shearing the alpacas over the past month and worked all day at the festival shearing the last of them. The festival featured tours of the ranch, live music and demonstrations from the Central Oregon Spinners and Weavers Guild.

Scott and Debbie Miller, owners of the Crescent Moon Ranch, informed visitors about the potential for a live birth since many of the alpacas were pregnant. Sure enough, moments after the festival started, a baby alpaca was born.

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